Our Contest Winner
I'm not so sure my story is either
unusual or incredible, but because my sling is indespensable, I
thought I'd share why...
Eagerly anticipating my new baby, I bought my first sling. The same
one my cousin had bought and raved about. My beautiful little girl
was born only a couple months later.
In the first weeks, I noticed my little one asked a little more
of my than my friends babies had asked of them and had a very difficult
time in the arms of other caregivers. She seemed to have such a
hard time settling into this new world!
The sling seemed to be the solution. Though, admittedly, there was
a bit of a learning curve, I soon wondered how I would have ever
gotten by without it. Mira seemed so content and settled when close
to me. I started to talk to anyone who would listen about sling
Since those first weeks, our lives have taken a dramatic turn and
the sling I thought was a wonderful convienence has become a necessity.
My partner and I learned our little girl is blind. Suddenly so much
made sense. A surgery was schedualled to attempt to salvage some
sight; what a frightening experience to send your 2 month old in
for eye surgery! One of my biggest fears (aside from the obvious
anxiety about the surgery itself) was how Mira and I would last
the required six hours before surgery without nursing. She NEVER
went more than two hours.
The big day arrived and I nursed her off to sleep in our sling at
12:00 noon on the nose. Amazingly, she was so comfortable and content,
she remained asleep until we needed to rouse her for pre op five
and a half hours later! And when she did wake, she was peaceful
and calm. I like to think that keeping her close in this way soothed
both of us, helped me relax and helped her to relax in turn.
Since her surgery we have been in touch with parents and professionals
to get advice on how best to help our baby learn and adapt in her
environment. The FIRST thing everyone says is: "Wear her. Get
one of those snuggly things and wear her everywhere you go. While
you do talk to her. Let her feel things. She will learn by experiencing
your world." Looks like we are well on our way...
Bridie and Mira